Tatars are descendents of Mongol, Bulgar and other peoples, and are predominantly Muslim. Russian domination of Tatars began when Ivan the Terrible conquered the Tatar Khanate in 1552 and long periods of forced Russification have since occurred. Since the late 1980s there has been a resurgence of Tatar nationalism. Tatars have a long, if interrupted, history of resisting both imperial Russian and Soviet domination and this has included resistance to the Orthodox Church's attempts to convert them.
The past history of ill treatment from Christian Russia is not easily forgotten.
Christians need to live among the Tatar and befriend them, learning their language.
"The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround His throne. O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful." Psalm 89:7
Pray that many from today’s people group will understand that the only God is the Lord, and they must turn to Him. Pray they will be in awe of His might.
Pray for the Tatar believers, that the Lord will send qualified teachers and pastors, and that it will be more important to them to follow Christ than gain community approval. Pray for the Tatar people to increasingly desire to find out more about Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), and that this desire will be satisfied. Pray for workers.
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